Chapter 5

Taking Control of Your iPhone


check Controlling your iPhone with Control Center

check Calling Siri

check Editing mistakes

check Typing to request Siri

Siri is the increasingly intelligent voice-activated virtual personal assistant living like a genie inside the iPhone. Siri not only hears what you have to say but also attempts to figure out the intent of your words. Siri then does her darnedest to respond to your wishes. She — yes, it’s a female voice (at least when you choose U.S. English as the default language) — can help you dictate and send a message, get directions, call a friend, discover who won the ballgame, tell you when a movie is playing, ID the song playing in the background, arrange a wake-up call, search the web, find a decent place to eat, and lots more. Siri talks back, too, sometimes with humor and other times with attitude. When Ed told Siri he was tired, she responded with, “That’s fine. I just hope you’re not doing anything dangerous.”

Siri used to be available as a free third-party app; Apple bought the startup company behind this neat technology and incorporated ...

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